Hotel Reservations | Cruise Reservations | Airline Reservations
Vacation Reservations | Vacation Specials | Build a Vacation
Villa Nova

Barbados's Historical Great Houses

Written by Julie Greiner

Travelers interested in history, culture and architecture will enjoy a wide selection of plantation "great houses" in Barbados. Tours provide excellent insight into the life and times of the island's early settlers. Every Wednesday from mid-January to mid-April, The Barbados National Trust offers an open-house program where both historical and modern private homes are open for public viewing.

Francis Plantation

St. George - Built in 1913, this elegant plantation house is set on a wooded Francia Plantation hillside with terraced gardens. Francia Plantation was built by a successful Brazilian farmer of French descent who married a Barbadian woman. The eclectic house combines Barbadian coral stone craftsmanship, Brazilian wood paneling, and an unusual entrance portico. Francia also boasts a magnificent collection of antique West Indian maps.

St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Peter - Erected in 1650, this is one of only three houses of Jacobean architecture still standing in the Western Hemisphere. It was the home of a prominent farmer and has no religious connection with St. Nicholas or any religious order. St. Nicholas Abbey has Dutch gables and finals of coral stone, syrup plant and a herb garden reflecting an ancient medieval design.

Villa Nova

St. John - The first and only exclusive, intimate luxury country hotel in Barbados, Villa Nova was originally built in 1834 as home to Sir Anthony Eden, former British Prime Minister, and is considered to be one of Barbados' best examples of a 19th-century plantation house. Embedded in 14 acres of lush tropical park, Villa Nova St. Nicholas Abbey offers 17 junior suites, 11 one-bedroom suites, two excellent restaurants and other fine amenities. Villa Nova brings the colonial style of a bygone era back to life.

Sunbury Plantation House and Museum

St. Phillip - This 300-year old home has been painstakingly restored and refurbished after a fire in 1995. Featuring exquisite furnishings, objects d'art and rare Caribbean collectibles donated by numerous patrons, the house has been returned to its original grandeur. The two-and-a-half-foot-thick walls of the house date back to the 1660s. Flint and other hard stones not indigenous to Barbados were brought over from England and used to construct the plantation walls.

Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean islands and boasts tropical weather year-round. Visitors to barbados come for its natural and historic attractions, beaches, watersports, golf courses, fine dining and nightlife. For further information on touring historical great houses contact the Barbados National Trust at 246-426-2421.



Barbados Hotels
Asta Beach Resort
Bougainvillea Beach Resort
Cobblers Cove Hotel
Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados
Port St Charles
Sam Lords Castle Resort
Sand Acres Hotel Barbados
Barbados Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Banks Brewery
Barbados Cruises
Barbados Museum Historical Society
Beaches of Barbados
George Washington
Harrison's Cave
Historical Great Houses
Landmarks and Festivals of Barbados
Nightlife in Barbados
Soup Bowl
Wedding Dreams are Made
World Class Golf
Florida and Caribbean Travel Resources
Aruba Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Bahamas Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Barbados Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Boca Raton Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Cayman Islands Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Costa Rica Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Cozumel Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Fort Lauderdale Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Islamorada Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Key Largo Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Key West Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Orlando Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Puerto Rico Hotels, Attractions, and Information
South Beach Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Tampa Bay Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Virgin Island Hotels, Attractions, and Information
West Palm Beach Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Clearwater Hotels
St Petersburg Hotels
Popular Travel Destinations
Chicago Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Dallas Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Los Angeles Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Myrtle Beach Hotels, Attractions, and Informaion
New York City Hotels, Attractions, and Information
San Diego Hotels, Attractions, and Information
San Francisco Hotels, Attractions, and Information
Washington, DC Hotels, Attractions, and Information
BarbadosHotels
Comments | Advertise Here | Getting Listed
BarbadosHotels

World Wide Web Page Created by:

Copyright © 1997-2005 Analytical Software Packages, Inc.
All Rights Reserved

Last modified Mon Oct 17 00:01:56 EDT 2005